Today we can present the rest of the Star Trek Into Darkness deleted scenes, available exclusively through the film’s Xbox SmartGlass second-screen app.



Thomas Calls Marcus (0:47)

During the roundtable meeting at Starfleet Headquarters, Admiral Marcus reveals to the Command staff that Thomas Harewood sent him a message from the Section 31 archives before he detonated his explosive device. In the final version of the film, we only see Harewood sending a text-based transmission; this cut scene includes a planned video chat removed from the sequence.

Original dialogue in white; cut dialogue in orange.

Harewood sits down at his station in the Kelvin Archive under London, and begins tapping commands into his console.

Inside Starfleet Command, we pan down from high above Admiral Marcus’ desk, where an Original Series-style Constitution-class model hangs above the room, along with his row of model ships against the far wall. His commpanel beeps, signaling an incoming transmission.

Admiral Marcus, priority-one transmission incoming from London.

Put it through.

Admiral, sir, I have a message for you from John Erickson.

Marcus peers closer at the screen.

He said you’d know why he did this.

Fast zoom to a stunned Marcus as we cut to a close-up of Harewood’s Starfleet Academy ring, an explosive device the officer drops into a glass of water.

Into Darkness editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey talk about the deletion of this scene in the iTunes commentary track:

Markey: “This used to be, in it’s original form, a phone call to our Admiral, giving him a message from the baddie, from Benedict’s character. We felt that it was very important not to introduce the Admiral in any way or tip our hand about who he would become later on in the film. We realized to hold him back for a long time would be more shocking.”

Brandon: “Also we were just afraid that it would arouse suspicion.”

Markey: “Yeah, and so, you want hold back the guy who’s supposed to be the head of Starfleet and present him in a more majestic, officious way.”

There are two major things of note in this scene — firstly, the name ‘John Erickson’ for Benedict Cumberbatch’s character. This is a reference to the early Space Seed script featuring a villain named ‘Harold Erickson,’ who would later be changed to Khan Singh after Ricardo Montalban was cast in the part. It’s likely that this name was changed to ‘John Harrison’ when the efforts to hide Cumberbatch’s true identity were ramped up during the production of the film.

Obviously, the second surprise in this sequence is the giant Constitution-class model hanging above Marcus’ desk, the USS Biddeford (NCC-0718). The design of the ship itself raises several questions: was this the original design in this universe, changed after the Kelvin attack in the first film? Was Marcus involved with the design? Why is it named after Biddeford, Maine?

The registry number is also of interest. The number 0718 appears here, on another ship docked at Earth, and in the name of the Enterprise’s cybernetically-enhanced science officer.

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Captain’s Log (0:45)

When Kirk and Spock are called to Admiral Marcus’ office after the film’s opening sequence, we learn that while Spock submitted a truthful recounting of the mission to Nibiru, Kirk lied and put through a falsified report. This cut sequence details just how brazenly dishonest his mission log actually was.


Congratulations, Spock — you just saved the world.

Two engineering techs spray the science officer down with a cooling spray. The scene cuts to the bridge sometime later; Kirk is back in uniform.

Captain’s Log, Stardate 2259.55.

A crowd of Nibirans watches the Enterprise fly through the volcano smoke, their eyes wide with awe.

We’ve completed our survey of the newly-discovered Class M planet designated Nibiru. Intelligent life was observed. The species is primitive; indications of early language and even religion were noted.

A few of the natives reach toward the ship above.

I thought it wise to stay off the planet altogether, lest we somehow interfere with their way of life.

The Enterprise rockets away from the volcano.

If there’s one word I would use to describe this mission, it would be “uneventful.”

The Nibirians speak to each other in their native language. Their world has changed.

Kirk out.

His officers — Sulu, Chekov, Uhura, Scotty, and McCoy — stare at him in stunned and incredulous silence. Uhura turns and walks away, disapproving.

They saw us! Big deal!


Spock materializes on the transporter pad, steaming with heat from the volcano’s interior. As he realizes that he’s not dead, Kirk and McCoy run into the transporter room to greet him.

Spock! You all right?

Captain, you let them see our ship!

Ah, he’s fine.

Bridge to Captain Kirk.

Yes, Lieutenant?

Is Commander Spock on board, sir?

Safely and soundly.

Please notify him that his device has successfully detonated.

Hear that? Congratulations, Spock — you just saved the world.

You violated the Prime Directive!

Oh, come on, Spock. They saw us. Big deal!

On Nibiru, the natives are excitedly crowding around their tribal elder, who is drawing a familiar shape in the red soil. Their sacred scroll is tossed aside as the outline of the Enterprise is revealed: this world has a new God.

Leaving the false report as a surprise works to build tension between Kirk and Spock when Marcus throws it in his face later on, but to show the captain lying to blatantly in front of his bridge crew? It makes the other officers look just as bad for not calling him on his actions.

It was a very good call to remove this sequence.

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Kirk Watches Pike Get Shot (0:49)

In the final cut of the film, Spock is the only witness to Pike’s injury and death as Kirk tries to shoot down John Harrison’s ship from another room — but that’s not how the original sequence transpired.

Weapons fire blankets the conference room as everyone dives for cover. Kirk is helping a wounded officer when he locks eyes with Pike from across the room; the Admiral is crawling to safety.

(Screaming) PIKE!

Pike sees him for a mere moment before being hit with an energy burst. Kirk, in shock, dodges the blasts and runs to his side.

You’re gonna be fine. You’re gonna be fine, all right? We’re gonna get you help.

Kirk applies pressure to a massive wound on Pike’s chest. Other officers return fire, and Harrison’s ship retreats into the night as Admiral Marcus runs into the room.

Get those people outta here!


Spock appears at Kirk’s side as Harrison’s ship flies back to finish the job.

He’s coming back! He’s coming back!

Gotta get him outta here.

Spock takes over caring for Pike as Kirk runs to pick up his rifle, intent on stopping Harrison’s attack.

The recutting of this sequence is addressed by editor Maryann Brandon in both the Best Buy-exclusive extra ‘Unlocking the Cut.’

Brandon“In the original script, when Pike dies, Kirk is actually in the room and sees him die. While it was in the film before, it didn’t land. We kept thinking, ‘Why isn’t this working?’

We decided to re-cut it so that Kirk actually takes off out of the room and goes to try to knock out the enemy ship, and then finds out Pike is dead. That was a great solve; you’re totally with Kirk in his emotional loss of this father figure.”

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Scotty Talks to Hangar Control (0:47)

One of the big issues people had with the role of Section 31 in Into Darkness was with how easily Scotty was able to infiltrate the top-secret Vengeance hangar orbiting Jupiter.

Turns out it really wasn’t so difficult to begin with.

Scotty flies above the Io station, his shuttle a tiny speck against the massive construct. He hangs over the edge of the station, watching as a large set of hangar doors open to allow an incoming flotilla of support vessels to enter.

Delta Team, deliver your thrusters to Loading Dock 12.

USS Vengeance bridge crew, requesting entry to construction hangar.

Scotty breaks radio silence, and begins to bluff his way into the caravan.

This is… shuttle Copernicus. I have the…

He thinks hard, clearly not used to this kind of improvisation.

…hull plating and the coffee cells for the food synthesizers.

His face bunches up in anticipation for getting caught.

Shuttle Copernicus, we do not have you on our registry.

He regroups, and tries a more direct attack.

What the hell do you think I’m doin’ here? Huh? You think I just happened upon an enormous box and thought I’d take a wee look? No! I’ve got a job to do! I can go back, if you like. Just give me your name, I’ll tell ’em who sent me.

A long pause. He’s sure the game is up.

Supply shuttles, you’re clear to enter. You too, Copernicus.

The Copernicus joins the rest of the shuttles on their journey into the large hangar bay. Scotty looks up at the massive starship contained inside the structure, his jaw dropping in surprise.

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The Harewoods (0:21)

Removed from the end of the film, Jim Kirk meets another citizen saved by Khan’s blood.

After the memorial ceremony at Starfleet Headquarters, officials of all species are milling about the campus. As Kirk approaches his officers, he hears a woman calling to him from the crowd.

It’s Rima Harewood, wife and widow of the officer Khan coerced into destroying the Kelvin Archive in London.

Captain Kirk?

Kirk turns and sees her, then spies young Lucille at her side.

Thank you for your words.

Of course.

Kirk looks down at the girl; she’s the picture of health.
He reaches out to shake her hand.



The two look at each other for a moment, smiles on their faces.
Do they sense the shared connection?

After a beat, Kirk releases her hand.

Excuse me.

The captain turns and heads to his waiting crewmates.

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As far as we know, this is the last of the retailer-exclusive content for Star Trek Into Darkness, and even though it’s taken almost six months for us to find it, we’re glad the deleted scenes question can finally be put to bed with these nine entries.

Here’s hoping they become available in a more widely-available format for fans at some point in the future.

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